Our vision is to redevelop the site of the former Marks & Spencer store on South Street, to provide a high-quality Premier Inn hotel of approximately 100 bedrooms.
We are designing a new hotel which fronts onto South Street, with an active ground floor frontage, at a location that will appeal to our business guests and those looking to stay in the heart of Dorchester for leisure.
We are currently in the process of designing the new hotel ahead of submitting a planning application to Dorset Council later in the year.
If we are granted planning permission, the hotel will be built and owned by Whitbread – Premier Inn’s parent company. This would see an investment of an estimated £11 million in the local economy during construction and create the equivalent of around 30 full-time jobs on opening.
If approved, the hotel would provide a second Premier Inn hotel for Dorchester and would help to meet the significant demand for family-friendly affordable accommodation, of a consistent quality, for the many business and leisure travellers who visit Dorchester throughout the year. Our Premier Inn hotel at Brewery Square is often fully booked, and we have no plans to close it if our plans for South Street go ahead.
Following a period of public consultation on our proposals, which closed on 21st September, we are now reviewing the feedback we have received and would like to thank everyone for their comments.
We held a public exhibition in the former Marks and Spencer store on Wednesday 6th September and an online webinar on Thursday 7th September 2023.
Our thanks to everyone who attended - we are grateful for the feedback we have received. The information displayed at the consultation events is available to view here.